T20 World Cup: Shakib Leads Bangladesh to Victory Over Netherlands, Edges Closer to Super 8

Shakib Al Hasan returned to form with a stellar half-century, and leg-spinner Rishad Hossain took two crucial wickets, propelling Bangladesh to a 25-run victory over the Netherlands in the T20 World Cup on Thursday. This win brought Bangladesh closer to securing a spot in the Super 8s.

Chasing a target of 160, the Netherlands managed 134 for eight in their 20 overs at the picturesque Arnos Vale Ground, which hosted an international match for the first time in 10 years. This result also meant that Sri Lanka was eliminated from the tournament.

Shakib led Bangladesh with a 46-ball 64, helping his team post a competitive 159 for five after being put into bat. Tanzid Hasan added 35 off 26 balls, and Mahmudullah contributed 25 off 21 balls.

In their chase, the Netherlands lost two early wickets, reducing them to 32 for two by the end of the powerplay. Vikramjit Singh looked threatening with 26 off 16 balls before being stumped by Mahmudullah, leaving Bangladesh at 69 for three in the 10th over.

Sybrand Engelbrecht (33 off 22 balls) and captain Scott Edwards (25 off 23) put on a 42-run partnership for the fourth wicket. However, Rishad Hossain’s double strike turned the game in Bangladesh’s favor. Mustafizur Rahman bowled brilliantly, dismissing Edwards, and Rishad sent Logan van Beek back cheaply, sealing the match for Bangladesh.

With 86 runs needed off 60 balls, the Netherlands tried to fight back but lost four quick wickets. Taskin Ahmed (2/30), Rishad Hossain (3/33), and Mustafizur Rahman (1/12) delivered excellent performances to ensure Bangladesh’s victory.

Bangladesh’s innings began with two left-handers, prompting Dutch captain Edwards to give the new ball to off-spinner Aryan Dutt in the second over. This decision paid off as Dutt dismissed Bangladesh skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto (1) and Litton Das, thanks to a stunning catch by Sybrand Engelbrecht. Despite these early setbacks, Tanzid Hasan’s boundaries and a six kept Bangladesh in the game.

Dutt justified his inclusion with figures of 2/17 in four overs, while Paul van Meekeren also bowled well, taking 2/15. A productive fourth over for Bangladesh, yielding 18 runs, set the stage for Shakib’s return to form.

Struggling with form before this match, Shakib hit four boundaries in the sixth over, helping Bangladesh reach 54 for two at the end of the powerplay. After Tanzid’s dismissal, Shakib and Mahmudullah added 41 runs for the fourth wicket. Mahmudullah hit two sixes and two fours before falling victim to a strong wind, with Engelbrecht taking another impressive catch near the boundary.

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